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Camera, Aerial, Sonne S-7A Continuous Strip

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Summary

U.S. Army Air Corps Col. George Goddard developed this revolutionary shutterless camera at Wright Field, Ohio. A synchronizing mechanism matched the speed of the film, as it moved across an open slit, to the airplane's ground speed, producing a continuous strip image. This technique reduced distortion and improved detail in dangerous low-altitude photography from such aircraft as the Lockheed P 38. The camera used black-and-white or color film and a single or stereo lens. The lenses are missing but look like those of the adjacent Solar Strip camera.

GIFT OF GEORGE WOOD

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 14 x 18 x 11 1/2 in. (35.6 x 45.7 x 29.2 cm)

Materials: OVERALL - ANODIZED STEEL

Physical Description:Gray painted, continuous strip aerial camera. Camera and magazine only; missing lens cone assembly (either 6-inch single lens cone or 88 mm stereoscope cone).

Inventory number: A19940187000

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